Since 2005 I’ve been the CEO of Marketing Directions, Inc., a trend forecasting, consulting and publishing firm in Minnesota. Prior to that I was Vice President, Strategic Alliances at Lawson Software in St. Paul where I was responsible for all partnerships at this $800M+ vendor of enterprise resource planning software products and services.
Today, I’m focusing my efforts on our trend consulting business (specifically the “Connecting the Dots” practice), working with executives and leaders in public and private organizations on next generation Internet, Web and social media technologies and solutions.
I also speak to business, industry, trade and affinity groups on many aspects of the Internet, Web and social media, its impact, the meaning behind the technology and overall trends, and how to leverage it all for value creation.
I’ve spent my career in high technology beginning at the dawn of the personal computer business, extending in to the multimedia and interactive media spaces and culminating in the acceleration of digital communications in the internet arena with firms as diverse as Pioneer New Media, Panasonic Communications & Systems Company, Apple and Vignette.
While at Lawson Software, I began to recognize the acceleration in development of the next phase of the internet (dubbed “Web 2.0″). Knowing that the key way to build an intuitive understanding of the shift in human communications and “cloud” computing underway (i.e., Web applications hosted elsewhere), I opted to jump in by embracing emergent social media technologies through blogging (”Connecting the Dots” blog begun in 2004), podcasting, personal and professional social networks, and other key directional trends.
Seeing the connections between technological and societal trends, a strength in strategy, ideation and communication was, and is, the catalyst driving the Connecting the Dots management consulting practice.
Education and Ongoing Involvements: Business Administration at the University of Minnesota and Finance at DePaul University, past president of the International Interactive Communications Society and currently involved in numerous internet-centric networks and associations in the Web and social media space. I also follow more than 170 thought leading bloggers and scan their posts along with articles from every major technology trade journal daily — over 2,000 articles each day in order to stay abreast of all developments online.